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The Colfax massacre : the untold story of Black power, White terror, and the death of Reconstruction

Author: LeeAnna Keith
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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On Easter Sunday, 1873, in the tiny hamlet of Colfax, Louisiana, more than 150 members of an all-black Republican militia were slain by rampaging white supremacists. The deadliest incident of racial violence of the Reconstruction era, the Colfax Massacre unleashed a reign of terror that all but extinguished the campaign for racial equality. This is the first full-length book to tell the history of this decisive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Keith, LeeAnna.
Colfax massacre.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608480251
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: LeeAnna Keith
ISBN: 9780195310269 0195310268
OCLC Number: 145145411
Description: xviii, 219 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: on bones and their markers --
Alabama fever --
The philosopher --
The fall --
Led by a damned puppy --
A town called Fight --
Carnival of the animals --
Battle of the Colfax courthouse --
Voyage of the Ozark --
Getting away with murder --
The legacy of Cruikshank.
Responsibility: LeeAnna Keith.
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On Easter Sunday, 1873, in the tiny hamlet of Colfax, Louisiana, more than 150 members of an all-black Republican militia were slain by rampaging white supremacists. The deadliest incident of racial violence of the Reconstruction era, the Colfax Massacre unleashed a reign of terror that all but extinguished the campaign for racial equality. This is the first full-length book to tell the history of this decisive event. Drawing on a huge body of documents, including eyewitness accounts of the massacre, as well as newly discovered evidence from the site itself, author Keith explores the racial tensions that led to the fateful encounter, and its reverberations throughout the South. In 1875, disregarding the testimony of 300 witnesses, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a conviction of eight conspirators, virtually nullifying the Ku Klux Klan Enforcement Acts of 1870 and 1871 and clearing the way for the Jim Crow era.--From publisher description.

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